Dream meaning of prison

To dream of a prison, is the forerunner of misfortune in every instance, if it encircles your friends, or yourself.

To see any one dismissed from prison, denotes that you will finally overcome misfortune.

See also: Jail

The Hidden Meanings of Your Dreams:

Physical Physical
You’re looking at the limits you impose on yourself or allow others to impose on you, and the way you stifle your creativity. You can’t escape from rules, restrictions, and responsibilities.
Emotional Emotional
There are parts of yourself, or subconscious fears, you have locked away and want to examine and release. You are dealing with authority problems, feelings of guilt, punishment, being trapped or restrained, or excluded or shut out.
Spiritual Spiritual
You are living inside a box of limited thinking and fixed beliefs, narrowing your possibilities. You need to be still, remove distractions, and focus on your core self.
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Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

There are consequences for the choices you make, and some of those choices bind you in a particular way. When you break the law, you go to prison. And while you have to engage in criminal activity to find yourself in prison in real life, the idea of being imprisoned by something can easily apply to any number of circumstances where you feel bound to some person, place, or thing in a way that feels severely constricting. In fact, the phrase “like a jail sentence” is often used in casual conversation to refer to anything that obligates a person beyond his or her comfort level.
There is a difference between jail and prison that may be significant, especially if the dream was clearly taking place in one or the other. While the two have very similar sensibilities, a jail is where people are taken when they are suspected of committing a crime or when the crime is of low severity.

Prison is where convicted criminals of more serious crimes are sent to pay their debt to society. If this distinction is made clear in your dream, recognize that jail is a more temporary form of bondage.
Prison indicates that a more serious matter is being expressed. At the core of the symbolic meaning of prison is what you did to get there. The inciting incident that ends in jail time is always a choice that may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but has consequences resulting in the removal of freedom and comfort in some area of your life.

When this environment plays prominently in a dream, examine your life for where you may be feeling that a decision you made in the past is feeling like something you can’t escape in the present.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Dreaming you are a prisoner suggests you really do feel trapped in some way in your waking life. Someone or something—a situation, a job, even an attitude—has got you feeling trapped.

If you dream you are holding someone prisoner, you are aware of, and perhaps not entirely comfortable with, your power over someone else.

If you dream you are a prisoner of war, you feel fearful about your general life situation, or you feel guilty about something you’ve done.

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